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Izaak Walton League Disappointed in Clean Water “Status Quo”


October 9, 2015

Izaak Walton League Disappointed in Clean Water “Status Quo”

Gaithersburg, Maryland – In response to today’s temporary stay of the “waters of the U.S.” rule granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, IWLA Executive Director Scott Kovarovics made the following statement:

“The decision today to temporarily halt implementation of the clean water rule is disappointing. In making this decision, the court prioritized the status quo that existed before the new rule was finalized. The ‘status quo’ now means uncertainty about which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. It means that waters essential for hunting, fishing, and the outdoor recreation economy remain at risk. And it means that drinking water supplies for 1 in 3 Americans remain threatened.

For Izaak Walton League members nationwide, the status quo is not acceptable. We look forward to a speedy resolution to this case and a final decision that upholds the clean water rule and common-sense protections for our nation’s waters.”


Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America ( and our more than 44,000 members protect America’s outdoors through education, community-based conservation, and promoting outdoor recreation.